Canon has its next-gen Connect Station on display this week at the Canon Expo 2015 in New York. The upcoming model features built-in wireless and NFC connectivity for automatically importing photos and videos from compatible Canon cameras, which is just like the current Connect Station CS100.
Simply placing the cameras on the Connect Station would start the transfer of new images. After the transfer is complete, the Connect Station starts charging the devices wirelessly, which is indicated by a small lightning bolt in the bottom-left corner of the display.
After the camera has been on the device for a few seconds, the Connect Station can give you the battery level for the camera and provides a visual indicator that it is charging as a orange line floats from the bottom of the display toward the camera. It was sort of like it is pushing the juice into the camera.
A silver and black model were on display, which are supposed to provide options for your components or TV since this is intended as a living room device.
The next-gen Connect Station is equipped with an internal 1TB hard drive and HDMI output for connecting to the TV, which will support 4K playback. It can be controlled from an Android or iOS tablet (and likely smartphone as well).
Canon will offer the ability to immediately upload your photos and videos to the cloud in addition to the local storage on the Connect Station.
I’m still not sure I would ever put one of these in my living room but if someone will introduce a professional device for the desktop that performs similar functions for importing images and video into professional software and charges the camera as well, then we can talk…